Best Free Android Apps

 
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9. Best Free Phone and Messaging for Android
 

 

Best Free Dialer for Android

Dialer One (2.4 MB), better than the default Phone app, it comes with a smart T9 dialpad with speed dial, simultaneous search on calls and contacts, horizontal swiping to navigate between call log, contacts and favorites.
 

Best Free Contact Manager for Android

aContacts (602 KB), speed up searching contacts by favorites, alphabets or groups, send email or SMS to groups, complete with T9 speed dials, advanced call log, setting for grid or list view and more. Ads free.
 
DW Contacts & Phone (3.2 MB), easily search for a contact by group, organization or title, manage contact groups, send emails or SMS to a person or group, set group ringtones and icons, etc. The free version is supported by a small ad.
 

Best Free Contact Sharing for Android

Bump (2.9 MB), bump two devices together and share your contact info instantly without the need to type or write with a pen on scraps of paper. With a built-in messenger, you can also easily send photos and instant messages to the devices you bumped.
 

Best Free Messaging Client for Android

GO SMS Pro (8.1 MB), easier to find a contact or group to send an SMS or MMS with useful features such as message popup, quick reply, messages and folders view, emoji support and more. A good replacement of the default Messaging app.
 

Best Free Browser Texting for Android

SMS Text Messaging -PC Texting (399 KB), enjoy receiving and sending SMS from your PC's browser using your phone number, just like you normally would on your phone but without touching it. Unlimited SMS, supported only on Chrome with the MightyText extension installed.
 

Best Free Instant Messaging for Android

eBuddy Messenger (1.8 MB), a popular instant messaging service support multiple accounts including GTalk, Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, Yahoo, ICQ, AIM, MySpace and more. Useful settings include hiding offline buddies and blocking unknown users. Ad-supported.
 
WhatsApp Messenger (9.4 MB), chat with your friends and family using this messenger across multi types of devices including Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Nokia phones. You can send text, pictures, audio and video messages. This app is free for the first year.
 

Best Free Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for Android

Skype (15 MB), make free Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G or WiFi network on the move, or cheap calls to landlines or mobile phones at Skype rates. No video calls is available and some handsets may not be supported.
 
LINE (11 MB), a light and popular messenger supports both free messaging and voice calls. Features include automatically identify your friends using LINE, send photos, unique stickers and emoticons, create or join group chat rooms.
 
Tango Text, Voice, Video Calls (13 MB), make free voice and video calls over 3G, 4G and WiFi network on the move. From my contacts, it automatically finds the friends I can Tango. More mobile devices are supported but the desktop client has yet to be developed.
 

Best Free Walkie-Talkie for Android

Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT (5.6 MB), turn your phone into a live walkie-talkie or a handheld transceiver with this app easily. Besides talking with friends, you can also send text or photos to them using Android or iPhone devices over WiFi, 3G/4G or EDGE.
 

Best Free Call & Message Filter for Android

BlackList (1.5 MB), block unwanted calls and SMS easily and effectively by adding a call number to a black list from your contact, call logs, message logs or manually. Features include auto reply, logging and other various options. An exception list is limited to the paid version.
 

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by Jaikrishna on 17. April 2011 - 10:44  (70371)

Thanks a lot for the update. Now it works well and good.
I measured the QR image which you previously had. It was smallest of all the sizes available at http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/
Moreover, my camera was a fixed focus one. So, if I got it close, it blurred out and couldn't find anything.

by Jaikrishna on 17. April 2011 - 10:53  (70372)

I think it would be nice if you specify the apps which don't support Apps2SD.
I find it hard to go to Appbrain, search there and find it.

by Deroidz (not verified) on 17. April 2011 - 13:05  (70387)

The first reason I decided to root my Samsung Froyo phone is Droidwall and AdFree apps :)
I used SuperOneClick as friend's suggestion, it was quite easy and probably 'zero'failure. I think it is a safe process.
Not sure about warranty after rooting, but I think if I 'factory reset' the phone, the superuser app will be removed automaticaly.

Another good useful app for rooted device is Titanium Backup free version.

by Jojo Yee on 18. April 2011 - 2:22  (70421)

You're welcome.

by Jaikrishna on 22. April 2011 - 12:47  (70693)

Which is the best free voice chat app for Android?
I think Skype offers that kind of service. But, what are the other choices and which one is the best?
Please add this category below instant messaging area.

by Jojo Yee on 22. April 2011 - 14:38  (70698)

Good suggestion Jaikrishna. "Voice and Video Calls" will be added soon.
Skype is popular but I've not been able to install it on my device for some reasons. Tango supports both voice and video over IP, give it a try, though its desktop client has yet to be developed.

by Jaikrishna on 22. April 2011 - 15:30  (70699)

Can't install skype? Oh!!!
I think tango is not suitable for this purpose. I'd make other people go mad by telling them to create account, download and install app, blah blah....

Btw, I tried the Chess mentioned here. It was good, but this seems better - https://market.android.com/details?id=uk.co.aifactory.chessfree&feature=...
This looks good and works well, but doesn't have online gaming or puzzles.

by Jojo Yee on 23. April 2011 - 3:11  (70738)

These are Skype's descriptions at Android Market:

"You need Android v2.2 to run Skype on a Samsung Galaxy S."
"Some handsets may not be supported."

Skype's current rating is 3.5 with 10m to 50m installs, while Tango's rating is 3.9 with 5m to 10m installs, not too bad :>)

by Kushagra Udai (not verified) on 24. April 2011 - 5:00  (70807)

You should add the HowStuffWorks app in the Educational field - it's brilliant!

by Av_Crazy on 25. April 2011 - 18:20  (70897)

Any app with which i can change/edit the notification/status bar on the top ?

by Jojo Yee on 26. April 2011 - 9:49  (70935)

Good suggestion Kushagra Udai. It's now in the list.

by Jaikrishna on 3. May 2011 - 13:44  (71346)

Have you tried imo.im's android app. It looks and works good.

I tried meebo but I'm never able to load it on my computer. It is loading forever.
imo.im's site loads quickly as fast as gmail.

by J_L on 6. May 2011 - 0:58  (71492)
by Jojo Yee on 6. May 2011 - 3:19  (71498)

Thanks for the suggestion J_L. WhisperMonitor is included with WhisperCore 0.3 which is early beta software with a few Nexus devices supported currently.

by dingbat (not verified) on 6. May 2011 - 16:30  (71534)

Gemini App Manager is pretty nice
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.seasmind.android.gmappmgr
- show apps useful information, perfect combination with Elixir
- move apps phone --> SD or SD --> phone
- block apps, it's safer than freezing the apps imo
- for rooted phone, we can control apps autorun. Love this feature for saving battery and memory
- etc

by Av_Crazy on 9. May 2011 - 6:32  (71670)

Still no 1 has suggested any app to edit/modify notification bar on top...

and maxthon browser is pretty good...
and mobo player is much much better than qq player

and jojoyee u have not mentioned any multi platform apps like seesmic,tweetdeck

by Jojo Yee on 13. May 2011 - 9:44  (71848)

Thanks for the good suggestions Av_Crazy. TweetDeck and MoboPlayer are now in the list.

by Av_Crazy on 13. May 2011 - 11:14  (71851)

np...but a word of advice..tweetdeck has been bought by twitter and no 1 knows what will happen of the applciation
and btw my favourite is seesmic

by Jaikrishna on 15. May 2011 - 11:41  (71932)

Time out for RealCalc. Just try handyCalc and you'll never need another calculator, unit or currency converter. It does almost everything I know - from solving equations and functions and graphs. It really Rocks!
Just give it a try at https://market.android.com/details?id=org.mmin.handycalc&feature=search_...
Play with it for sometime and you're addicted at once.
However, if it is uncompatible with your device you can always download the apk from the developer's site http://handycalc.wordpress.com/download/

by sourabh (not verified) on 27. May 2011 - 4:11  (72743)

I am facing problem while merging contacts i.e. contacts in phone book and google contacts and facebook contacts... is there any app for it?

by Human life form (not verified) on 27. May 2011 - 16:54  (72796)

Has anyone tried Android Assistant v2.3.6 (more than a task killer 14 features)

It is by far the best one I have tried so far, very informative best looks tells you not just the usual info about whats running but also how much battery power each app consumes.

So instead of guessing or even worse not knowing at all which apps is power hungry this app can help you do just that, and more - kill it, stop it, uninstall it, show statistics, well too many great options to list just try it and you wont need anything else.

You may like these: SystemPanel Lite, Android Task Manager, Watchdog Lite, Task Manager (Yellow Brush Icon)

by Alex@FE (not verified) on 28. May 2011 - 1:12  (72819)

Thank you for adding File Expert on this list.

For Uninstaller category, we recommend you to check out our newly released app Silent App Uninstaller ROOT, this tool could uninstall apps silently, AFAIK, there're no others uninstaller apps could do this on the market.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.geeksoft

by Anonymous1313 (not verified) on 28. May 2011 - 8:32  (72833)

As far as I remember, Go Contact can do the job (supports also contacts from Google and Facebook).
I had to unistall it though because of strange behavior with Task Switch app I like (more clicks than usual)

by Anonymous1313 (not verified) on 28. May 2011 - 8:44  (72835)

I like CalWidget for displaying events on the front screen
Pretty simple unlike other calendar widget I've tried, customable size and color etc, and quite light.
https://market.android.com/details?id=net.eggenstein.android.calwidget

A minus point is just it uses only default calendar app

by LiveView (not verified) on 30. May 2011 - 5:25  (72918)

Want to share a bit about GO Launcher EX (mine currently 2.29). I've tried other free launchers on the market such as ADW, Launcher Pro etc, well I think I like this launcher
(+)
* create folders on app drawer
* hide icons on app drawer, and lock apps
* loop dock, up to 15 icons
* glide up/down action on home screen, useful for adding app on it like lock screen etc instead of using icon
* never got any FC so far
(-)
* using more memory than ADW and LP
* unlike ADW, I can't change app icon manually. Maybe it could (?)
* less cool free themes and icons

I can stay with only 3 pages on home screen using this launcher, with free space for widgets

by Jimmy.tech (not verified) on 30. May 2011 - 10:46  (72927)

Did any one check Talking Tom Cat fun game, if not must checkout Talking Tom Cat its really amazing and funny game for all ages. You can free download Talking Tom Cat from https://market.android.com/details?id=com.outfit7.talkingtom

[Moderator's note : edited link to point to proper site]

by Jojo Yee on 30. May 2011 - 12:55  (72929)

It is listed here.

by Jaikrishna on 31. May 2011 - 12:59  (72978)

Has anybody seen this?

by Anonymous1 (not verified) on 1. June 2011 - 13:19  (73035)

handyCalc looks pretty complicated.

by Jaikrishna on 2. June 2011 - 14:27  (73114)

Every Scientific Calc looks complicated till we get used to it.
But, Really it has a lot of unique and complex features.

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